My wife says that Baboons are wretched creatures. They look like monkeys but have an unsettling grunt and 3 inch canine teeth. When we stayed at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, we were awoken each morning by their unnerving growls that sounded like they were right outside our door and on our roof. The Leopard’s growl wasn’t as unsettling as the Baboon’s.
Baboons are very smart; especially when it comes to acquiring food. We were warned to keep our doors locked because they can open doors and will trash your room looking for food. At one stop, I watched a baboon open a garbage can and grab some leftovers. We were also warned that they will grab bags you may be carrying or steal food from your table.
Though they can be a fearsome nuisance, they are also fun to watch. They are fellow primates and I could see some of us in them. We watched them jumping and chasing each other through trees and over rocks. We watched them groom each other and care for their young. Wretched, maybe. Scary, sometimes. Interesting and fun to watch, absolutely.
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